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washing machines-how did you become to like them?
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Post# 538212   8/20/2011 at 02:58 (4,483 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I was sat infront of ours when mum would do the washing up and moast of the time really wich kind of set me off! When my brother came home from bieng born he gave me a famous casdon hotpoint washing machine. And great granny yumyum as I called her owned the aquamatic 3 wich sat in grannys anex until 2008 when it was given to me

Post# 538514 , Reply# 1   8/21/2011 at 12:50 (4,482 days old) by Virabhadrasana (France / Italy)        

First one to reply;)
My mum once said that when I was very young (it was 40 years ago...) I got scared by a "jumping spin" of our Candy S5 (or similar model), but after that I started enjoying watch the washer at work and I still do now... but I still remember how terrified I was by the old Candy, which really did not like bathrobes and towels washings and I preferred my grandma's Indesit K5 which used to shake a lot, but did not jump....

Post# 538526 , Reply# 2   8/21/2011 at 13:49 (4,482 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thanks. do you have a pic?

Post# 538534 , Reply# 3   8/21/2011 at 14:44 (4,482 days old) by virabhadrasana (France / Italy)        

Unfurtunately I don't. When I want to see some pics of these machines because I miss them, I have to go to You Tube:(

Post# 538537 , Reply# 4   8/21/2011 at 14:52 (4,482 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Why not try google or your homepages search eingine?

Post# 538711 , Reply# 5   8/22/2011 at 09:20 (4,481 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Like some other things I have, I was just born with it.

Post# 538737 , Reply# 6   8/22/2011 at 10:42 (4,481 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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My Mum used to get me to help her on washday, this started when I was about 4 years old. She used to hand me clothes out the basket and tell me what pile to put them in. I would then help her put a load on to wash in the Supermatic, once done I would help her rinse the load and then fold it ready to be hung out or on the pulley if the weather was bad. I became really fascinated with washers when my Aunty got an indesit L5 automatic. I would sit and watch that machine through a full cycle and loved the drama of the spin drain. Over the years I collected many brochures and used to look over them every night trying to decide which machine I would have if I were a grown up. Unfortunately I was made the get rid of the brochures when we moved to Scotland. I took over sole responsibility for the family wash from the age of 11 and washed every week in a twin tub. I bought my Mum and Automatic when I left home at 17.

I used to keep my passion a secret and thought I was the only washer nut until I happened on this site in 2005. Since then I haven't looked back, people still take the mick about my fascination and I am still not "out" to everyone but I love the fact that I can visit here everyday and have made some great internet buddies.

Post# 538813 , Reply# 7   8/22/2011 at 15:12 (4,481 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Well, TV wasn't all that good in 1953 and besides our Boxer the frontloader Westy with the window was the most animated thing in the house. Yes, I pulled a chair up to it and watched the entire cycle. It had no offbalance trip and could indeed leap into the air and dislodge internal parts. I quickly learned how to put them back and get it operating again. Then how to remove baby socks from the pump. Then how to replace the timer. I was 9 or 10 by then.

Post# 538825 , Reply# 8   8/22/2011 at 15:59 (4,480 days old) by georgect (Fairfield, CT)        

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I used to sit in front of our (avocado green) Westinghouse front load washer when I was really young. They were a stacked washer dryer set.

I remembered when it kicked into spin, getting startled because it would make a loud clunk noise than the mesmerizing drone of the wash cycle. I loved that washer.

It looked like the one in the link provided (with the same spring loaded door sound to)...listen for the loud clunk noise in the video at 3:45 (it always scared me) not enough to make me scared of it but to learn more about how it worked.


Post# 538924 , Reply# 9   8/23/2011 at 04:23 (4,480 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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The "clunk" was a huge fist-sized solenoid.

Post# 539169 , Reply# 10   8/24/2011 at 06:56 (4,479 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

When I was growing up I liked pretty much anything mechanical. My parents had a 62' Frigidaire Imperial Custom. When they got it, I used to lean over the top watching the pulsator going up and down. I always wondered how come it didn't go back and forth like other washers did. But my mother wasn't pleased with my interest in washers. She kept shooing me away. So then I switched my interest to cars. I had a cousin that used to buy cars, fix them and resell them. So I'd always spend my Saturdays over at his place helping him with his cars. I learned a lot. From all of this experience I guess that's why I am pretty handy and can fix just about anything around the house.

Post# 539449 , Reply# 11   8/25/2011 at 08:20 (4,478 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
Hey Chris!

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Have just come back of my holidays! Back to the thread, I had a Casdon Hotpoint too, but when I got too attached to it, my parents got rid of it. i also used to watch my Nana's Hotpoint WM41 when I went to her house every Wednesday.


Post# 539485 , Reply# 12   8/25/2011 at 11:42 (4,478 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Great stories!

Jacob what machines did you see?

Post# 539501 , Reply# 13   8/25/2011 at 13:16 (4,478 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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I went to my aunt and uncles house and smashed up the Haier! They are getting an integrated Indesit. They also have a Creda Debonair Compact Dryer and a Zanussi Vented Dryer.

I was staying at a caravan which I think had a Zanussi Studio but I stupidly forgot to look!

We went past an electrical shop and i saw some Gorenje and Beko machines.

I also went to my grandparents house and saw their Optima.

At a POWER store I saw the new White Knight Dryers and a weird last generation Hotpoint with only 1000 rpm!? I have enclosed a link.

Take care



Post# 539572 , Reply# 14   8/25/2011 at 18:21 (4,477 days old) by zanussi_lover (Nottingham, UK)        
i remember

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going into co-op department store in 1990 with my mum and looking at all the old Grey Zanussi Washing Machines and Dryers,

Memories of 1991 (aged 3), when our early 80s creda debonair with a chrome door broke down, as sparks flew at the plug, so we opted for a Hoover Electronic 1100 from a second hand shop :) and we used to use Kwiksave no Frills washing powder.

Radio rentals, when we decided to get a Whirlpool washing machine on finance in 1993.

going to my mums college (my mum was in her early 20s) and asking ladies what washing machine they had, many said Hoover and Hotpoint

and when i was at primary school going to see Wendy, who worked at the local launderette (the one i go to occasionally to dry clothes) and i used to help out with the washing.

Best memory, was doing washing with my grandma, and pouring in a cup of Persil automatic in her Bendix, before she turned the dial to 95 (washing teatowels)

Post# 539574 , Reply# 15   8/25/2011 at 18:29 (4,477 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

ive got loads!!lol
i wont say anything as w dont have all night lol.
i have Autistic spectrum dissorder so my "Thing" is washing machines :)

Post# 539663 , Reply# 16   8/26/2011 at 02:17 (4,477 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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I have Aspergers Syndrome which is an autistic disorder as well!


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